Cocktail Friday: Pineapple + Honey Margarita
What a week. Did your week feel as completely crazy as mine? Keeping track of a very busy toddler who has learned to climb on the furniture and go on a nap strike in the same week has my head spinning. However, as I write this, life is quite peaceful. I'm sitting at my dining room table and, despite the snow that fell yesterday, the sun is spilling through the west-facing French doors, giving the whole room a beautiful glow. Dinner is in the oven and I'm listening to a radio station on Spotify based on Blossom Dearie. Glass of Sauvignon Blanc next to me. Riley and Brad playing in the other room. The dog curled up at my feet. This is my favorite time of day. It makes me feel refreshed, which I often need by early evening.
While I love the wine that I'm drinking (Stratum Sauvignon Blanc...you can find this and a whole list of my favorites under $20 by clicking here), I would love to be sipping one of these delicious pineapple and honey margaritas right now. The tart sweetness of the pineapple makes for a mellow, tropical take on the typically citrus-based margarita. I love a good, classic margarita, but it's fun to play around a little, don't you think? And pineapple makes everyone think of a sandy beach in Hawaii. Can't complain about that, can you?
Did you know that pineapples are in season right now? Yep. This is the time! My favorite way to eat pineapple is the Thai way: sprinkled with sugar and red pepper flakes. It's absolutely fabulous. Now I'm thinking about how great that little hint of spice would be in this margarita. You should do that. Add just a few red pepper flakes and blend those in. For real. If you aren't brave enough to add a little spicy kick, that's fine. This pineapple margarita is anything but boring and will get you in the Cinco de Mayo spirit in no time. I did add some lime juice, just to make it more margarita-y. Yep. That's a word. On Fridays, words like that are allowed.
Do you know what else is allowed on Fridays? Umbrellas in your cocktail. A little tacky? Sometimes. But mostly they are just awesome.
Cheers to the weekend!
Makes 2 margaritas
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into pieces
- 4 oz. silver tequila
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- Margarita salt
Rub a little of the lime juice on the rim of each glass. Turn the glass upside down in the salt to coat the rim.
Combine 1 cup of crushed ice with the pineapple, tequila, honey and lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared margarita glasses and garnish with an umbrella. Just do it. You won't regret it.